Frank Hilliard- Distribution in Mind

Continuing the countdown of our “30 Faces of Hunger Relief” for the Arkansas Foodbank’s 30th Anniversary is our very own Frank Hilliard.

Frank has been in the food business for 4 decades now and has been a member of our Operations team for 13 years and currently serves as Operations Director for the Foodbank.

There is more than enough food to feed every man, woman and child in Arkansas and Frank’s job is to find a way to get that food from the numerous industries here to our warehouse.  He is truly one of the best in the business at doing what he does and has played a huge role in our growing success at the Foodbank.

His dedication and hard work helped our Operation’s team finish 2013 with the highest total distribution ever for the Arkansas Foodbank: 20.9 million pounds…well on our way to achieving our 2016 goal of 26 million pounds annually.

While Frank has spent most of his career in the for-profit food industry World…he welcomed the challenge to switch over to the nonprofit side of things.

“It gave me the opportunity to help people. That’s what it’s all about.”

Frank says for many years, the Foodbank was limited in how much food they could distribute due to the space at our old facility.  Now that the Donald W. Reynold’s Distribution Center has been built, the Foodbank’s total pounds have increased by 8 million since 2011.  

All food coming in and out the facility puts a smile on Frank’s face.  He knows that each pound coming in helps him get one step closer to our 2016 goal but more importantly each pound of food that goes out the door is helping the one in five Arkansans who struggle with food insecurity.

Philip Tappan - Paving the Way

Our next “Face of Hunger Relief” has been a longtime supporter of the Arkansas Foodbank and the work that we do: Philip Tappan.

Those around central Arkansas are familiar with his burger and shake restaurants, The Purple Cow. But what many may not realize is Tappan has been a leader in hunger relief in our state spanning four decades.

Read more: Philip Tappan - Paving the Way

Ginger Beebe - The Voice of Hunger Relief

Our next “Face of Hunger Relief” is none other than Arkansas’ First Lady Ginger Beebe.   For many years she has been a voice for hunger relief and has helped raised awareness to thousands in our state about those who are facing hunger and how we can all help.   While her husband, Gov. Mike Beebe has put forth a great deal of effort in fighting hunger during his time in office, he is first to admit that Ginger played a huge role in making hunger relief a top priority of his administration.

Read more: Ginger Beebe - The Voice of Hunger Relief

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